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“This Building as you approach from Wellington street, presents a very imposing appearance. The central of the seven towers, which is very rich in design, projects its width from the front of the Building, and when completed, will be about 180 feet high [55 m]. The body of the building in front is 40 feet high [12 m], above which rises the slanting roofs of slate, surmounted by lines of ornamental iron cresting. The building is 472 feet long [144 m]; and the depth from the front of the main tower to the rear of the library is 570 feet [174 m].”
from Hand Book to the Parliamentary and Departmental Buildings, Canada, by Joseph Bureau (1867)